Expo Chicago, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has announced unique programming that has developed from a yearlong curatorial exchange between France and the United States in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Institut français. In 2014, Chicago-based curators Naomi Beckwith (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) and Megha Ralapati (Hyde Park Art Center) traveled to France, and French curators Guillaume Désanges (independent curator and art critic) and Matthieu Poirier (independent art historian, critic and curator) traveled to Chicago for initial exploratory research trips. Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with the Institut français and Expo Chicago, these cultural exchanges led to the formation of special projects including a residency embedded in Chicago’s South Side and a focused panel discussion on the architectural extension of abstract art since the 1960s (coinciding with Expo Chicago, September 17–20, 2015).

Ultimately, the culmination of this partnership is not only expected to manifest during Expo Chicago’s 2015 programming, but also last well beyond. In the press release announcing the new cultural exchange program and ancillary events set to highlight French artists and curators in Chicago during Expo Art Week, Expo Chicago President and Director Tony Karmain noted, “The remarkable projects that have developed from the exchange, including the community activation produced in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation and Hyde Park Art Center, will reverberate through Chicago long after September’s exposition, and will pave the way for future international programming.”

The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC. Now in its fourth year as a leading international art fair, Expo Chicago (Sept. 17 – 20, 2015) is a four-day art event featuring more than 140 leading international galleries and offering diverse programming including /Dialogues, IN/SITU and Expo Video. Under the leadership of Tony Karman, Expo Chicago draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place Thursday, Sept 17, 6 – 9 p.m. General Admission to the exposition is available Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20 (for hours please visit expochicago.com). Tickets to the exposition are $20 for one day, $30 for three days.

For more information about Expo Chicago and ancillary events like Expo Art Week,  visit expochicago.com.

Guests enjoy Vernissage, the opening night celebration of Expo Chicago 2012 (photo courtesy of Expo Chicago).

Expo Chicago Announces French/US Curatorial Exchange Program